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Message from Primary - 19th October

19 October 2018

Dear Parents


This week has seen two very successful Academic Review Evenings within the Primary school. We have had a very high attendance rate across the school, which is so important in continuing the excellent communication we have between parents and teachers. My role in the evenings is to ensure their smooth running and to spend time talking to parents about how the year is progressing. The feedback was very positive and parents were impressed by the meeting had with our excellent teachers.  

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We are looking forward to welcoming parents into school again on Wednesday 24th October which is our next Primary Coffee morning. One of the sessions will be led by our Mandarin Department and focus on how we are teaching non-native Mandarin.  All of our non-native Mandarin groups are studying towards a YCT level. This is an internationally recognised qualification in Mandarin learning that can be taken at the end of the school year.  The aim of the coffee morning is to look at the curriculum content, teaching strategies and to meet the teachers teaching those groups this year. The session will be led by Ms. Huang (Head of Mandarin) and Mr. Boother (Head of Global Languages), who are both looking forward to the opportunity to meet parents in Chatterbox next week.

In our assembly this week we had fantastic opportunity to see a high quality musician perform when Andrea Lee, Senior Curriculum Specialist at the Juilliard School New York, played Cello to our Key Stage 2 pupils.  Andrea played three pieces, which enthralled the children and then she spoke about how she had been able to reach such a high level of expertise. It was great to see her duet with one of our music teachers Mr Jackson, but I think our students were so impressed to see one of our Year 12 students JiWoo Han also play to such a high standard. Josephin Ebeling from Year 13 also spoke to the students during our assembly about the opportunities to contribute to fulfilling the UNICEF Global Goals. Josephin had the opportunity to visit the UN in New York with Nord Anglia and both of these students inspired our Primary students to be Ambitious through their experiences with Nord Anglia.

We currently have two competitions being run through the Global Campus. Students have the opportunity to take part in a Creative Writing and a Photography competition, with both offering the chance to have their work published in an anthology produced by Nord Anglia. Brian Pun from Year 5 was chosen last year to have his artwork included in the specially produced book, which includes outstanding work from students in all of our 56 schools. Brian received a copy of the book in Thursday’s assembly and we took the opportunity to congratulate him on his outstanding achievement.

The health and safety of our students is always our highest concern and I wanted to ask for support with two areas of keeping the students safe and healthy. Our parent handbook, available on our website, sets out the guidelines for the uniform. We are currently moving towards the winter uniform, which does include jumpers and cardigans available from the school’s uniform shop. As the weather changes we do heat our classrooms, so please can I ask parents to dress their children in a jumper or cardigan before choosing to put them in under layers. It is much easier to get a student to remove their jumper or cardigan if they are hot than if they have layers on under their school shirt.  We have more of a concern about our students being too hot rather than being cold, so your support in dressing them appropriately is appreciated. Also in the parent handbook is guidelines on jewellery, we only allow one stud in each ear. Hooped or earrings that dangle are not permitted as they represent a risk to the child and others. Again, your support in ensuring high standards of health and safety are appreciated.

Finally, I am excited to see the rehearsals and preparation for the Year 5 and 6 production starting to gain momentum. Due to the growth of the school, we have split the Key Stage 2 production into two parts this year. Years 5 and 6 will be performing a version of the Festive Classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the end of November. Year 3 and 4 will perform in the summer term and this is designed to give students more time on stage and for all of the parents to fit in our auditorium. I will be sending more details out about the upcoming performances, which will also include a Christmas production by the Early Years children closer to the time, but please do look out for the dates and times.


Have a great weekend



Mr Scrymgeour